by Ian Shires on 9 January, 2012
Walsall Council has its first Full Council meeting of 2012 this evening. It begins at 6pm and is held in the Council Chamber at the Council House.
Under the Cabinet and Scrutiny process the role of Full council is diminished compared with the Committee style of running council where all important decisions had to come to Full Council giving members of the public and councillors a chance to have an input into the decision making process.
The Cabinet and Scrutiny process concentrates power into the hands of a small elitist group of councillors, currently all Tories thanks to Labour, who sat on their hands back in May last year allowing the Tories to set up a minority administration in exchange for the Deputy Mayor’s job and a few Scrutiny Chairs.
On tonight’s Agenda will be the nomination for next year’s Mayor, the contentious issue of a recommendation to increase the pay of members of the Cabinet. The Liberal Democrat group has already said that it would not support any move to increase councillors pay whilst others were subject to a pay freeze and job losses.
The council is also being asked to agree the “Walsall Housing Strategy 2011-2016” which has been reviewed following being thrown out at the November 2011 Full Council meeting.
The Cabinet Members for Communities and Partnerships along with Leisure and Culture will also be briefing Council on the work that they have been doing.
The final item of the night will be a debate around a Notice of Motion put forward by the Liberal Democrat Group:-
This Council notes:
This Council recognises the role played by the coalition government in securing:
This Council resolves: